Care packages for firefighting camps

From left, Kaitlyn Salvagni, 14, real estate agent Sara Smith and daughter Abigail Smith, 13, on Wednesday prepare care-package items to be delivered to personnel fighting Montana wildfires. The three were part of an effort led by the Rocky Mountain Association of Realtors, several members of which gathered Wednesday at Shea Realtors, 1900 Harrison Ave., to stuff donated items into gift bags. Association members plan to distribute the packages to firefighter camps in Philipsburg and other Montana locations. Jennifer Shea, association president, says the group hopes to deliver 700 of the gift bags, which are filled with essentials like shampoo, socks and mouthwash.

Annie Pentilla, The Montana Standard

Montana may be the Big Sky Country, but Montanans also have big hearts.  So many of our readers have asked us how they can help people who have been affected by Montana wildfires. 

Here are some resources you can use to reach out to your fellow Montanans:

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